|Seahawks Outlast Blue Hens In Five Sets|
NEWARK, Delaware –Freshman Nicole Lott recorded 13 kills and junior Morgan Kline added 11 to lead UNCW to a 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 19-17) victory over Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Seahawks improved to 18-9 overall and 7-6 in CAA play as they picked up fourth victory in five matches. The Blue Hens, meanwhile, slipped to 11-16 and 3-10 as they suffered their seventh straight setback.
“This was a thrilling match and I felt we played well under pressure,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Delaware played really tough and had a lot of offensive weapons working tonight. We did a good job of playing a low-error game along with some guts and heart to win match point. This was a total team effort.”
Lott fashioned a .310 hitting percentage (13-0-42) while Kline posted a .200 attack clip (11-3-40) to power a UNCW lineup that combined for 55 kills and a .212 hitting percentage for the match. Kline added 13 digs and freshman Alyssa Desjardins pitched in 12 bumps to go along with a team-high 29 assists as both players posted their fifth double-double of the season. Senior Haley Collins recorded a team-high 26 digs and sophomore Meredith Peacock finished with a match-best eight total blocks (one solo)
Autumn Jenkins tallied a match-high 17 kills to lead four Delaware players in double figures. Kali Funk dished out a match-high 51 and Ariel Shonk tallied 33 digs to pace four Blue Hens players in double digits.
With the score tied at 15-all in the first set, a kill by Lott sparked the Seahawks to an 8-3 spurt that closed out the frame and gave the Seahawks a 25-18 victory.
Delaware rallied for a 25-21 victory in the second set, using a kill by Katie Hank break an 18-all deadlock and score seven of the last 10 points of the set to record the four-point triumph.
UNCW cruised to a 25-18 victory in set three as it took advantage of a 10-3 spurt early in the frame to build a 15-8 cushion on its way to an eight-point victory.
The Blue Hens once again battled back in the fourth set, erasing a 16-11 deficit with a 13-4 run that closed out the set and forced a fifth frame with a 25-20 win.
In the fifth set, UNCW used a 4-2 spurt to force match point, 14-10, only to see Delaware tally four unanswered points to tie the frame at 14-all. The two teams would trade points with the Seahawks forcing match points on three more occasions before a Blue Hens attack error and a kill by Lott on back-to-back points broke a 17-all deadlock and gave the Seahawks a 19-17 decision and the match.
Both teams close out the regular season Saturday. UNCW travels to Towson for a 3 p.m. matinee while Delaware hosts College of Charleston at 7 p.m.